Must-Try New Garden City Restaurants

Garden City is known for its variety of delicious eateries, and has recently welcomed several new additions within its borders, serving everything from gourmet French pastries to modern sandwiches and salads. After visiting Roosevelt Field or perusing Seventh Street shops, visit these new restaurants for an inventive and flavorful summer meal.

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The French Workshop

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On the corner of Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue lies Garden City residents’ newest stop for pastries and confections. An expansion of the Bayside bakery with the same name, The French Workshop offers authentic treats baked in-store as well as cafe-style seating. Marble tables and a minimalist approach to decor provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy a vanilla latte and an eclair. Crowd favorites include the flaky almond croissants, fruit tarts with Madagascar vanilla creme and over 20 flavors of macarons. Address: 191 7th Street | Phone: 516-248-6800 Click to go

Guac Shop Mexican Grill

Serving completely customizable Mexican dishes with an array of fillings and toppings, Guac Shop appeals to all ages. While kids can snack on cheesy quesadillas and the namesake guacamole, adults can savor one of the eatery’s signature cocktails like sangria and margaritas. Although Guac Shop is the “new kid on the guac” in Garden City, restaurateur Sergio DeCiantis is a veteran in the Long Island food scene, also running Park Place in Floral Park, Cara Mia in Seaford and Spoons Ice Cream & Cereal Bar in multiple locations. His experience shows in Guac Shop’s offerings, from pasture-raised meats to perfectly creamy guacamole. Address: 160 7th Street | Phone: 516-274-3380 Click to go

Perennial

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With a focus on locally-grown ingredients, chef and owner Peter Mistretta incorporates the flavors of Long Island into his dishes at Perennial. Years of visiting local farmers markets, breweries and vineyards have culminated into fresh, farm-to-table cuisine, such as local monkfish (with asparagus from Wickham’s Farm in Cutchogue) and salads topped with Long Island strawberries and goat cheese. Perennial also features a sizable list of wines and cocktails, balancing local labels with imported favorites. Offering brunch, dinner and happy hour, Perennial is the place for a locally-inspired summer meal. Address: 990 Franklin Avenue | Phone: 516-743-9213 Click to go

Island Poke

Following the trend of Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, Island Poke serves hungry shoppers from its location in the heart of Roosevelt Field’s newly redesigned food court. Competing with other eateries serving food from around the world, Island Poke differentiates itself through its fresh ingredients and customizable nature. Owners James and Jasmine Wang, who also own and operate Sushi Ko Japanese restaurant in Merrick, add Hawaiian flair to their sushi expertise, offering raw ahi tuna and salmon as well as edamame and seaweed. Customers at Island Poke can enjoy fully customizable bowls with various bases—rice, noodles, salad—proteins, and mix-ins as well as a list of pre-set recipes. While poke is traditionally uncooked fish, Island Poke also offers cooked chicken, shrimp and tofu as protein choices for less adventurous guests. Address: 630 Old Country Rd | Phone: 516-667-6731 Click to go

B. Good

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Serving “food with roots,” national chain B. Good aims to provide customers with meals that are connected with their communities through the use of local ingredients, which have been grown sustainably and without preservatives or growth hormones. Patrons can expect all-natural burgers topped with lettuce, tomato and homemade pickles. The restaurant also serves a variety of salads and grain bowls, most notably the southwest chicken salad with crunchy toasted corn and chipotle puree as well as the power bowl with kale, brussels sprouts and tomato vinaigrette. Address: 191 7th Street | Phone: 857-444-4260 Click to go